Soaring through the first week of the season, the Christian Fellowship Eagles are now sitting proudly with a 4-0 record. On Saturday night, the Eagles took down the Community Christian Academy Warriors at home in an 88-73 triumphant victory in the First Region All "A" tournament.
“We feel good. I don’t think we necessarily played as well tonight, especially on the defensive end and that’s what I tried to stress to them before the game,” CFS head coach Tyler Ryan said after the game. “I knew it would be tough after beating St. Mary here at home.”
The Eagles kicked off the night by putting numbers on the board first and never looked back, racking up 40 points before the half and leading CCA by 16. Senior Luke Grigg banked one in from half-court at the buzzer right before the half, sending Eagles fans into a cheerful glee.
Coach Ryan added, “I knew it would be hard to transition into another game. It was our fourth game into the season, so I was trying to drag everything out of them that I could.”
Grigg and fellow senior Andrew Allen along with sophomore Andrew Dunning stole the show with a total of 73 points between the three of them. Allen led the Eagles team with 31 points, followed by Dunning’s 23 and Grigg’s 19.
Community Christian Academy’s Winsett led his team with 19 points on the night, followed by sophomore Jamison Smith with 12 and senior Eli Paxton with 11.
While the Eagles found themselves with 12 fouls, the group never let up against the Warriors, who often struggled at times to put up the numbers to remotely catch CFS. Community Christian ended their night with a total of 17 fouls.
“I told them that at the end of the day, a win is a win,” Coach Ryan said. His Eagles tallied up a season high of 88 points against their opponent and came close to scoring over 90 within seconds of the game ending.
Christian Fellowship will advance to the second round of the All "A" to play Mayfield Tuesday. They are also scheduled to host Thomas Nelson on Friday.
Also, CFS's Lady Eagles advanced to the second round of the All "A" following COVID-19 protocols and will also travel to face Mayfield on Monday at 6 p.m.
CCA 11 13 20 23 73
CFS 21 19 23 25 88
CCA: Winsett 19, Kahnplaye 15, Smith 12, Paxton 11, Wilson 10, Chestnut 6
Christian Fellowship: Allen 31, Dunning 23, Grigg 19, Hovekamp 13, Gaston 2